Laurie Anderson, Artist-Musician

by | Aug 4, 2010

Laurie Anderson–the long-celebrated artist-musician who recently released the acclaimed album, “Homeland,” her first new collection in nearly a decade–discusses her lifelong love of dogs (she grew up in a large family, surrounded by a large number of animals); addresses the indomitable spirit of her elderly, frail rat terrier Lolabelle, noting that after going blind, the dog began taking piano lessons (Lolabelle plays piano on the “Homeland” track “Bodies In Motion”).


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She chronicles the genesis, evolution and performance of “Music For Dogs,” a piece originally intended to be aimed at the hearing range of dogs (this component ended up being de-emphasized) that Anderson premiered June 5 in Sydney, as part of the Vivid Live Festival, which she curated with her husband, Lou Reed; touches on “Homeland,” including the trenchant musical Op-Ed, “Only An Expert,” future projects, life with Lou, and more. []

COMEDY CORNER: Myq Kaplan’s “Animal Rights & Wrongs” (

MUSIC: Laurie Anderson’s “Bodies In Motion,” Florence & The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Lou Reed’s “Animal Language”

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